A bittersweet moment is here; it's time for the Tekken World Tour Finals and the end of competitive Tekken 7.
Welcome to the #TWT2023 Global Finals Day 2!
We're about to start our Group Stage to determine our final #TEKKEN7 Top 8 for Sunday!
— Bandai Namco Esports (@BNEesports) January 13, 2024
The TWT Last Chance Qualifiers concluded yesterday, with JoeCrush coming out on top over 59 other top players, defeating AK in the Grand Finals after an incredible Grand Finals Reset to secure the last spot in the Group Stage today.
The 20 top players will battle it out today for one of 8 spots in the Top 8 Final Bracket tomorrow.
- 1 Group Stages
- 2 Format
- 3 Players to Watch
- 4 Results
- 5 Tekken World Tour Finals 2023 Top 8 Bracket
- 6 Tekken World Tour Finals 2023 Top 8 Bracket Results
- 7 Winner: Arslan Ash
Fifteen players freely chose which Groups they could join (Until each Group had four filled slots), and the Tekken World Tour Standings Top 4 players could choose which of the four Groups they wanted to join, enjoying the benefit of analyzing the competition. LCQ winner JoeCrush had no choice but to settle into Group C.
South Korea has a lot of representation today in Tekken 7's competitive swan song, with all but one Group having two Korean competitors.
Matches in the Group Stages will be best-of-three and have a single round-robin format. The top two players from each Group move on. The #1 of each Group advances to the Winner's Side, and the runner-up goes to the Loser's Side.
The Final Bracket will start with a best-of-three format and be double-elimination. The Winners Final, Losers Final, and Grand Finals will all be best-of-five, allowing for a fitting finale for competitive Tekken 7. The Grand Champion will earn himself $50,000 and the bragging rights of being the last Tekken 7 champion.
Players to Watch
The fan favorite for winning the final Tekken 7 World Tour is Arslan Ash, who has been dominant this year. Nearly 1000 points ahead of the second-place competitor on the Tekken World Tour Standings, and won many top-tier tournaments, including Combo Breaker 2023, EVO 2023, and EVO Japan 2023.
Arslan Ash is not unbeatable, but he performs best when the lights are brightest. Arslan finished a disappointing 13th-16th at last year's Tekken World Tour Finals. This weekend is his chance to win the final one at the biggest stage for Tekken 7.
Fellow Pakistani Atif Butt is also a heavy favorite for winning it all. No one can forget Atif's victory at last year's Tekken World Tour Finals, going undefeated throughout the tournament. The defending champion took home first place at the IESF World Championship 2023 last September, and he's definitely one to watch.
#2 in the Tekken World Tour Standings, many consider Ulsan to be Korea's best current player. He's done very well this year in the AfreecaTV TEKKEN League, with multiple first-place finishes, a first-place finish at REV Major 2023, and a third-place finish at EVO 2023. His Bob is very formidable and Ulsan is definitely a strong contender for winning it all.
Tekken World Tour Finals 2022 runner-up and CEO 2023 winner JEonDDing has been relatively quiet since earning enough points to qualify for Tekken World Tour Finals 2023. As one of Korea's strongest competitors, JEonDDing may have been spending his time cooking up something special for the last Tekken 7 World Tour Finals. His relative lack of play on bigger stages in the latter half of 2023 may catch people off guard.
It's impossible to mention players to watch without bringing up the legend Knee.
Considered one of the greatest Tekken players of all time for a reason, Knee's final chance of achieving Tekken 7 greatness is here. He surprisingly bowed out very quickly in EVO 2023, finishing 17th-24th, but you can never count out Knee.
Knee is already warmed up after a second-place finish at DEATH FIST, dropping the Finals to Atif, but we'll see how the legend performs today.
Group A Results: Ulsan and Rangchu advance
Group B Results: Arslan Ash and Ao advance
Group C Results: LowHigh and JEongDding advance
Group D Results: CBM and Knee advance
Tekken World Tour Finals 2023 Top 8 Bracket
Tekken World Tour Finals 2023 Top 8 Bracket Results
Winner: Arslan Ash
Congratulations to Arslan Ash for winning TWT 2023, the final Tekken 7 tournament! With this victory and his toppings at EVO 2023 and EVO Japan 2023, Arslan Ash has achieved the Tekken Triple Crown, solidifying his position as the greatest Tekken 7 player of all time!